The Premier League have reportedly taken the decision to postpone another Boxing Day fixture as Covid continues to wreak havoc on the festive football calendar, with Tottenham facing another match called off
Tottenham’s clash with Crystal Palace on Boxing Day is the latest match set to be postponed due to Covid-19.
Reports claim there have been positive cases in the Crystal Palace camp, including some players, and the squad did not report to their team hotel as they awaited official word from Premier League chiefs.
Spurs have already seen two matches postponed – one of which led to their abrupt exit from the Europa Conference League after being unable to fulfil their fixture against Rennes.
The league meeting with Brighton was also called off with Antonio Conte’s side playing just twice since December 9, raising the prospect of a potential fixture pile up in the coming months.
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The Premier League held a meeting on Thursday to discuss the latest Covid protocol, though Conte feels little progress was made.
After agreeing it was a waste of time, he added: “It was [like talking to] a wall and for this reason I also prefer to not go into it.
“If I have to be honest, it was a meeting that we tried to speak and some coaches tried to speak, to ask about solutions but I think everything was decided.
“Because when you have a wall in front of you, you can speak and ask what you want but every decision was taken.”
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira added: “When you have a meeting like that with 20 managers it is difficult to put your ideas across.
“When the meeting finished you just try to understand what the outcome of the meeting was and what the meeting was for. I still didn’t understand what the conclusion was of the meeting.”
Aston Villa’s clash against Chelsea in the evening kick-off will go ahead, though Villa boss Steven Gerrard will not be in the dugout for the home side due to testing positive for Covid on Christmas Day.
A statement from the Midlands club said: “Aston Villa can confirm head coach Steven Gerrard will be unable to attend our next two Premier League matches with Chelsea and Leeds United as he will be isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.”